Month: March 2018

How to Land a Book Deal

Alberta Sequeira
It’s my favorite thing: to hear from my readers.


Create Space: Publishing Your Own Book

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How many of you wanted to become your own publishers with CreateSpace and now find out that they will no longer help a writer learn how to get their manuscript into their website? I have 4 books with them that I uploaded myself and now found this information out about 3 weeks ago. Already being published with them doesn’t leaving me without problems facing me.

Like all companies, money is the key. So, this great company that once helped you is gone with that free task. I wrote a handbook from my classes on How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace. It took me over 4 months to just understand what they talked about for the steps. I went mad trying to upload and upload.

I put this book out to help others. If you want to get your book into CreateSpace, you have to choose one out of three companies you have to pay. Before you do so, my book is available on at for $10.00. At least you will understand their language on the remarks on the right side of your uploaded manuscript, if you can get that far.

Alberta Sequeira

When to use I or me!

When to use “I” and when to use “me”
Wednesday February 29th 2012

Pat from Australia asked: Which of the sentences below is correct and why?

Jill took Justin and I to the shop.
Jill took Justin and me to the shop.


This is a part of a bigger question that troubles both learners and native speakers of English: when to use I and when to use me.
The difference between I and me
Both I and me are 1st person singular pronouns, which means that they are used by one person to refer to himself or herself. I is the subject pronoun, used for the one “doing” the verb, as in these examples:
I am studying for a Russian test. (I is the subject of am studying.)
I can speak Russian, but I can’t read it very well. (I is the subject of can speak and can’t read.)

Me is the object pronoun, used as the object (or receiver) of the action of the verb, as in these examples:
My math teacher encouraged me to come for extra help after school. (Me is the object of encouraged.)
She asked me to bring my homework. (Me is the object of asked.)

The confusing part
What gets confusing for many people is which form to use when there are two subjects or objects linked with and, as in these examples:
a. Jenny and me/I (?) joined the chess club.
b. Jill took Justin and me/I (?) to the shop.
In sentence a), Jenny and me/I are the subjects of the verb joined. Therefore, the subject pronoun, I, is considered correct. You will certainly hear native speakers say, “Jenny and me,” and it may be acceptable in spoken English, but most traditional grammarians and English teachers will disapprove. Don’t use it in writing.

The opposite is true for sentence b), which is the original example from above. Justin and me/I are the objects of took. Therefore me is considered correct by most grammarians and teachers, although you will hear people say, “Justin and I.” Again, don’t use it in writing.

If you’re having trouble deciding which one to use in a particular sentence, here’s a hint: Take out the other person, and it should be clearer. You are not likely to be tempted to say, “Me joined the chess club,” or “Jill took I to the shop.”

I hope this helps.

Alberta Sequeira